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Ludlow is a walled and picturesque medieval town nestling between South Shropshire and the Welsh Maches. Described by John Betjeman as "the loveliest town in England", she is the ideal destination for a romantic weekend away: with charming Georgian houses strewn along a hill, overshadowing the River Teme and centred around the imposing might of Ludlow Castle, she is steeped in history. Brimming with indepedent shops and local markets - from antiques fairs to farmers' markets - you will find yourself lost in a world that seems older, quieter and slower than the racing rat-trap of modern life. The best places to stay in Ludlow will give you the romantic break of your dreams.
Within the old town walls, the historic centre of Ludlow is as old as she is beautiful. With over 500-listed buildings - a mix of medieval, Tudor and Georgian architecture - there is much to see. Ludlow Castle should be your first port-of-call, because it perfectly encapsulates this heady mix of architectural styles. Originally built in the 11th century by the Normans, it stands high on cliffs above the River Teme and provides gorgeous panoramic views of the Shropshire countryside. It was also from where the ill-fated Prince Edward made his way to London Tower, only to be murdered.
St. Laurence's Church is also wonderful to behold and like the castle she was built in the 11th century, while being added to further in the proceeding centuries. With a 135ft tower, she is the largest parish church in Shropshire and is known as the "Cathedral of the Marches". Ludlow Museum, found within the historic centre, spins a great historical yarn of the town, tracing the social and architectural history through creative interactive experiences.
Ludlow proves also to be a great base from which to explore the hills of Shropshire and the Marches. The Shropshire Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are ideal for a hiking holiday but if you're after a more gentle experience, go for a stroll in the Whitecliffe Commons. Ludlow is also home to many fairs, festivals and markets throughout the year. In Castle Square, there is a market nearly every day, whether it's the Farmers' Market or antiques fair. The real attraction is the Medieval Christmas Fayre - held between the 23rd-24th of November - which is not to be missed. Full of storytellers, falconry, folk musicians and duels between armoured knights. The Ludlow Food Festival, held in late September, is world-renowned and extremely fun (and tasty) to be part of.
Not to miss
- Head over to Ludlow Castle and walk around the imposing Norman structure, admiring the gorgeous scenery of the rolling green Shropshire hills from your vantage point atop the cliffs.
- Go for a stroll in Whitecliffe Common and enjoy the panoramic views.
- Check out St. Laurence's Church, a pretty 11th century church with a gorgeous 135ft tower.
- Go for a hike in the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Browse the markets at Castle Square - one is held nearly every day.
- If you're there in late November, you have to attend the Medieval Christmas Fayre, an entertaining mix of good food, ale, storytellers, falconry, folk music and duels between armoured knights.
Ludlow is full of charm and historic beauty, with over 500-listed buildings in the old part of town. If you like farmers' markets, independent shops, gourmet food and hiking, then this is the place for you. Our collection of the best places to stay in Ludlow will introduce you to one of England's prettiest towns.
The best places to stay in Ludlow
- Dinham Hall: ideal for those looking to explore Ludlow, this gorgeous townhouse offers 13 traditionally furnished rooms and a fantastic gourmet restaurant.
- Old Downton Lodge: beautifully refurbished 18th century farmhouse, offering 9 rustic-chic rooms with exposed wooden beams and four-poster-beds. Ideal for a romantic getaway.
- The Graig: a truly elegant B&B set in a beautiful country house, offering 5 luxurious and bright rooms. Ideal for a hiking holiday. Just 3 miles from Ludlow.
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- Fly to Manchester Airport and get a train to Ludlow.
- If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
- During the summer, the temperature in Shropshire is lovely and clement, ranging between 18 and 21 degrees.
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Best Hotels in Ludlow
The Graig 5 rooms from £115Ludlow (Shropshire)
An elegant B&B situated in the Shropshire hills just outside Ludlow. The five bedrooms are individually decorated and all boast luxurious touches including Egyptian cotton linens and walk in wet rooms. Lovely mature gardens and stunning panoramic views. The perfect base for local exploring.Foodies - Although The Graig does not serve dinners, Ludlow is renowned for its excellent retaurants and annual Food FestivalLocal exploring - The Graig is ideally located for exploring Ludlow and the surrounding countryside.Great walks - The Graig is located on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, which has a wide range of great walksSights nearby - You're just 3 miles from historic Ludlow
Timberstone 4 rooms from £98Ludlow (Clee Stanton)
An idyllic stone cottage welcomes families and hopeless romantics to its quiet hideaway location. Exposed beams, calming colours and soak tubs make up the comfortable rooms. Breakfast is worth waking up for and sets you in good stead for a day of local exploring and nature rambling.Country Escape - An idyllic part of the English countryside to escape to for a weekend of rest and rejuvenate.Active Holiday - Climbing the Clee Hill, browsing the local markets, exploring the local castles and more.Families - With a family room, and plenty of activities to keep the kiddies entertained.Sights nearby - Stokesay Castle is a short drive away. The location for the film 'Atonement' with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Dinham Hall Hotel 13 rooms from £145Ludlow
An imposing town house located in the historic market town of Ludlow. Traditionally dressed rooms feature antique furniture, high ceilings and large sash windows draped with heavy curtains. The restaurant is worthy of a visit alone and the surrounding region has plenty to do.Local exploring - Set in a beautiful market town, the whole region offers numerous cultural and outdoor activities.Great walks - Take long walks through the picturesque Mortimer Forest.Local markets - Peruse the famers market in Ludlow's Market Square.Sights nearby - Take a tour of the neighbouring Ludlow Castle.
Old Downton Lodge 9 rooms from £195Ludlow
This stunning refurbished Shropshire farmhouse, expertly blends old with new. Some rooms come with four-poster beds and all have modern bathrooms. Enjoy meals in the elegant dining room over the weekend. This 18th-century getaway is a great choice for a quiet country retreat!Foodies - Enjoy locally sourced seasonal produce crafted into an innovative and creative tasting menu by their award winning chefBack to Nature - With Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve on your doorstep, this is the perfect spot to get back in touch with natureCountry Escape - Old Downton Lodge is the ideal place to rejuvenate far away from the hustle and bustle of modern lifeFishing - Ludlow has plenty of top fishing spots, head out with Peter Giles, their Advanced InstructorRecommended by - Sawdays